Raphael Varane and Scott McTominay are both part of the Manchester United squad for tomorrow’s Premier League clash with Arsenal.
United’s players arrived at Manchester Airport on Friday afternoon for the flight to the capital ahead of Saturday’s crucial fixture at the Emirates. Arsenal’s midweek win against Chelsea has strengthened their position in the race for fourth and Ralf Rangnick’s side are now three points behind the Gunners and Tottenham.
Both of those sides have a game in hand, although it is against each other, but United will feel they need a win at the Emirates to get their own top-four hopes back on track. Varane has missed the last three games for United with muscular problems. McTominay has missed the same three fixtures but was on the bench at Anfield on Tuesday, although he hadn’t trained before that game and was only there in case of emergencies.
READ MORE: Rangnick reacts to Ten Hag appointment
Rangnick has also confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will be back in the squad. The 37-year-old returned to training on Wednesday, having missed the game with Liverpool due to compassionate leave after the death of his baby boy.
“Scott McTominay will be back and fit to play, he has been training with us and he will train today, he will be available for the game, the same is true with Raphael Varane. Cristiano Ronaldo is available again, he’s been training with us ,” Rangnick said earlier on Friday.
“All of the others are still injured plus Paul Pogba. Paul, as it seems, with the scan we did the day before yesterday, it is very likely he will not play until the end of the season again.
“The doctor told me it will take four weeks minimum for him to recover and obviously the last game is the end of May. I don’t think it is very likely he will be able to play again [this season].”
The United squad will travel south knowing that Erik ten Hag will be their new manager after his appointment was confirmed on Thursday.
“We don’t know each other in person, we haven’t met as yet in person,” Rangnick said of Ten Hag. “From what I’ve seen him do at Bayern Munich when he was the Under-23 coach and Ajax now, I like his football and I’m pretty positive that with a full pre-season, with having the chance to build and mold his own staff, also a new team, which is obvious, we will have a new team.With a full pre-season, I am pretty sure we will see a different team and improvement on the pitch.
“I knew that Erik was one of the candidates the board spoke to and obviously I told them, at least from what I had seen and knew from people who had worked with Erik, that I think he would be a good choice and I still believe he will be a very good choice.
“All of the other things we haven’t had time to speak about.”
In total 12 players were pictured arriving at Manchester Airport, but the majority of the squad were able to park at the private terminal, with these squad members having to use a separate car park before being ferried to the terminal by bus.
Confirmed squad members: David de Gea, Tom Heaton, Dean Henderson, Diogo Dalot, Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Scott McTominay, Nemanja Matic, Bruno Fernandes, Juan Mata
Sign up to our United newsletter so you never miss an update from Old Trafford this season.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.